Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project
Abstract: God calls people worldwide to serve in ministry, including in regions where literacy, poverty, and geography limit access to theological education. As a result, their ministries, and those among whom they serve, suffer. It is the church’s duty, for her own good, to find ways to meet these needs.
This thesis-project is a case study among the Rama Nation, an indigenous community along the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. They are an ethnic minority that has experienced centuries of oppression ever since the arrival of Columbus. They have been displaced, are desperately poor, discouraged, and threatened with cultural extinction. From among them, though, God has called a man of vision and conviction to serve as founding pastor of the first indigenous church in their community. The project recounts the initial steps of his theological preparation for ministry, with the goal of education being academically accessible and contextually sensitive to the cultural values and fragile circumstances of the people.